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TITLE: Safety Manager
RESPONSIBLE TO: General Manager
FLSA: Salaried Exempt – Non Union

Under general direction, to have responsible charge of administrating the Detroit Transportation Corporation’s (DTC’s) rail safety and occupational health, safety and environmental programs, and related training programs to insure the safe and efficient operation of the Detroit People Mover (DPM) system in compliance with federal and state regulatory agencies and city laws and ordinances.

The main focus of this position is the coordination, administration, and promotion of safety programs impacting the rail operations, its employees and patrons, reducing employee and patron injuries from incidents and accidents. Collects, organizes, records and verifies accuracy of data and information from project sources, as necessary. Daily activities require walking the guideway route to survey activities near the DPM and travel to field locations encompassing construction activities to assess and validate information. Prepares and assists with the preparation of Incident Reports for the Executive Staff including determinations of failure and recommendations for prevention of reoccurrence.

In compliance with Federal and State industrial and occupational health and safety standards and rail safety oversight requirements, to coordinate the development and oversee implementation of FTA 49CFR673 workplace health & safety and environmental programs by performing such activities as:
• Recommends updates of DTC’s operations, maintenance, and safety policies, and procedures in order to maintain safe DPM operating and working conditions, eliminate hazards and provides for changes in safety regulations and standards.
• Conducts safety audits and inspections of DPM facilities and equipment and recommends procedures to correct violations or enhance safety.
• Establishes, coordinates and conducts safety training programs to prevent or reduce occupational and passenger injuries and to prevent damage to DTC’s facilities and equipment.
• Reviews plans and specifications for facility modifications, equipment purchases, and contractor work practices to insure compliance with prevailing safety standards and safe operations and maintenance requirements.
• Serves as Chair of the Management Safety and Security Committee Meeting and Employee Safety Committee and acts as DTC’s Liaison with safety/training regulatory and oversight agencies.
• Responsible for updating and implementation of the DTC System Safety Program Plan and assuring compliance with all applicable regulations and guidelines.
• Maintains records of employee participation in health, safety and related training programs.

Duties listed are not intended to be all-inclusive nor limited to duties that might reasonably be assigned.
• Manages and evaluates the industrial safety and operational safety for DTC’s Rail Department and develops effective safety performance standards for rail transportation.
• Conducts comprehensive investigations into unacceptable hazardous conditions, incident investigations, and rail accident investigations.
• Serves as the liaison between DTC and the Federal Transit Administration and the State of Michigan Department of Transportation State Safety Oversight liaison. Briefs the DTC Management Safety and Security Committee on major changes in system safety program standards, investigations, and studies of major significance.
• Manages the development, implementation, administration, and review of the effectiveness of the industrial safety and hygiene, construction safety, and environmental safety aspects of the DTC’s System Safety Program Plan (SSPP).
• Provides analysis of key safety issues and policy decisions. Participates on high level internal and external committees and select committees involving system safety.
• Directs oversight of rail compliance with the standard and regulations of the following agencies; U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administrations (FTA); and agencies of the State of Michigan and local jurisdictions.
• Provides management direction for major hazard assessment, safety policy development, comprehensive accident investigations, compliance audits, and comprehensive industrial and safety inspections. Exercises authority to suspend unsafe operations as necessary.
• Perform comprehensive safety hazard analyses, and reviews hazard analyses performed by DTC contractors for accuracy and adherence to industry standards.
• Determine the adequacy of maintenance safety practices and procedures to assure desired levels of system safety and recommends policy changes as necessary.
• Coordinates and provides input that the agency-wide document control and configuration system meets the required documentation necessary to support the final safety certification process as prescribed by federal and state regulations; maintains manual and/or automated document control filing systems and records.
• Assist with the development of a comprehensive safety and security programs for future expansion.
• Conducts operational safety audits for hazards associated with maintenance, operations, administrative and field employees.
• Develops, analyzes, and manages safety performance data.
• Prepares monthly safety performance reports for submission to the General Manager and State Safety Oversight agency.
• Coordinates with operating departments to establish annual objectives for safety performance indicators.
• Participates in inter-departmental meetings to ensure organizational cohesiveness.
• Interprets, executes and recommends changes to established safety policies and procedures.
• Coordinate emergency preparedness standards for the DTC System.
• Interface with other public agencies, associations and groups, assuring DTC safety standards are reflective of the latest industry trends, regulations, and technologies.
• Participate in the Internal Safety Audit Process to comply with State Safety Oversight and FTA requirements.
• Ensures the organization’s compliance with safety requirements and regulations including MIOSHA, OSHA, FTA, FRA, ADA, and the State Safety Oversight standards.
• Responsible for maintaining a general awareness of DTC’s Emergency Management Systems.
• Coordinates DTC accident investigations and environmental clean-up efforts.
• Prepares a variety of reports, investigations, and evaluations related to the safety of DTC facilities and equipment and employee occupational health safety.
• Responsible for incorporating safety into all aspects of job functions.
• Oversee construction activities surrounding the Detroit People Mover systems.
• Conducts and provides contractor safety training for all contractors that perform work for DTC and near the Detroit People Mover system.
• Review all MISS DIG site specific tickets.
• Performs trend analysis for accidents and incidents involving internal activities as well as train operation.
• Conducts preliminary hazard analyses on DTC construction sites, and job safety analysis.
• In charge of the DTC’s System Safety Program Plan internal audit process.
• Oversees the DTC’s work authorization permitting process for activity near the DPM.

Extensive knowledge of OSHA/MIOSHA regulations and other Federal and State regulations related to industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and a rail transit system. Ability to present instructional programs on occupational health and safety. Skill in conducting accident investigations and in analyzing complex technical problems related to occupational health and safety. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Good organizational and interpersonal skills. Preferably some knowledge of electro/mechanical maintenance theory and practices and operating procedures.

• Individual must have completed all required FTA TSI courses.
• Individual must possess knowledge in Emergency Management as well.
• Individual must have a strong working knowledge, or ability to quickly gain knowledge, of transit agency capital projects safety programs and the FTA/VDRPT requirements for safety certification of fixed guideway transit systems; should also possess general knowledge of OSHA regulations as related to general and heavy construction with the intent of becoming the senior agency expert on the subject; must maintain general knowledge and application of safety policies and procedures as they relate to the operational and structural needs of the entire DTC organization.
• Comprehensive understanding of current federal regulations mandating State Safety Oversight and as future legislation becomes available that is applicable to the SSO Program.
• General knowledge of rail transit engineering practices and design of automated guideway system.
• Familiarity with national rail safety initiatives and programs.
• Must be familiar with NFPA 130 and its application to light rail systems.
• Must develop and maintain an understanding of DTC’s organizational functions, policies, and procedures and integrate as required into the rail safety certification process.
• Must be able to formulate, develop, implement, and administer policies and procedures related to safety policy.
• Ability to train others in safety practices and work rules, either individually or as a classroom instructor.
• Ability to independently research technical documents, interpret and organize data and information as required;
• Ability to facilitate meetings and obtain consensus.

Specialized training in safety administration or construction safety inspection;
• Specialized training in document management and meeting facilitation preferred;
• May be required to obtain the Federal Transit Administration’s safety certification or additional safety training, at the DTC’s expense, to comply with the federal standards and to satisfy the job functions.
• Bachelor’s degree from a university of recognized standing with extensive coursework in Occupational Health and Safety, Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, related Proven Managerial Skills, other closely related discipline or other combination of education and experience to warrant equivalency recognition and at least four (4) years of experience with directing Health and Safety, or an Associate’s degree with the same work and eight (8) years of experience. Extensive experience performing related occupational health, safety and construction oversight and coordination
• Preferably some experience in performing occupational safety coordination for an operating rail enterprise or rail oversight agency, or in performing operations, maintenance or design responsibilities for a railway or rail transit agency.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills at all levels of the organization and the ability to convey information to employees, mangers and contractors. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical information, and effectively compose and edit technical documents.

Proficiency in using computer systems and software applications; associated with performance of assigned work is essential. Basic problem solving skills associated with software applications used is expected. Demonstrated competence of software programs for entering, organizing, and retrieving data using spreadsheets and databases, in preparing reports, presentations and correspondence; basic problem skills associated with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and SharePointe and the internet for research, communication (including email) and data exchange is essential.

• Minimum of seven (7) years progressive experience in a rail transit agency environment requiring independent analysis in responsiveness is desired;
• Experience in developing safety programs, monitoring safety practices or incidents
• Any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the above knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted.
• Professional safety certification and technical, engineering and rail transit experience desired

Must pass a complete physical examination and drug screen. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Valid State of Michigan Driver’s License and acceptable driving record required. Must be available to respond to emergencies and be on call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Able to walk 13-25 miles per week in all types of weather conditions. May require evening and/or weekend work and seasonal overtime.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Work may occur at field locations at or near construction sites requiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); walking on rough and irregular surfaces; and accessing the DPM elevated guideway. This is a challenging position and one which requires overtime and meeting multiple demands on a timely basis.